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Evil Actually Points to the Existence of God



Does the reality of evil mean that God does not exist?ย 


The answer is no.ย 


Why? Because ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด.ย 


In fact, if God does not exist, then evil cannot exist. But if evil is real, then God must be real.ย 


How is this possible? Consider the following. Suffering and pain can exist apart from God, but these are not necessarily "evil." For example, when someone finishes running a marathon, they may be in pain, but that pain is not "evil."


When we call certain suffering "evil," it implies a judgment about that suffering.ย 


This judgment is essentially that some things are ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บโ€™๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ. This, in turn, entails that there is a way things ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ. Furthermore, the way people make this judgment shows that they do not believe it is just a matter of opinion. As such, it must be based in a reality outside of the human mind. So what other options are there?ย 


The physical world of air, rocks, trees, stars, etc. is an option. But since physical objects do not determine how anything should or should not be, the judgment cannot be based in the physical world.


Therefore the "way things are supposed to be" must be based in a reality outside of the physical world. And it is this other reality which can be called "God."


Dr. Richard Dawkins, a well-known atheist, indirectly acknowledges this point when he states that in an atheistic universe filled with "blind physical forces and genetic replication... there is... no evil and no good". In his book, ๐˜™๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜–๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜Œ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ, he makes this clear.

๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ต, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜บ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ'๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฉ๐˜บ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ต, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆโ€ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด, ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ.

Hence there is a certain irony behind those who reject God because of evil. The irony is that, far from disproving the existence of God, evil actually provides an excellent reason for concluding that ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™™๐™ค๐™š๐™จ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ.



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References


Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life, Reissued, A Phoenix Paperback (London: Phoenix, 2004), 133.

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